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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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1,849 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,849
Hads: 6,823
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 156
Gots: 1,293 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of MiScusi
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a tasty pale ale. Poured a hazy amber when cold but warmed up and chill haze turned to clear. A nicely formed frothy head that left good lace. The smell is a crisp citrus hoppiness. There is also a sweetness of caramel malt that is detectable after some of the hop aromas settle down later in the drink. The taste starts with a citrus kick and finishes with a somewhat abrasive bitterness that lingers. The carbonation is on the higher and more coarse level, probably teaming up with the bitterness to leave that aftertaste. It's not too bad though, and this pale ale contains quite a bit of flavor and doesn't skimp on the hops.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - orange bronze color, maybe a tiny bit of haze. Two fingers of creamy foam slowly recede, leaving craters across the top. Chunks of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma - hops are restrained for a PA, but by far the best ever from a can. A biscuity caramel and citrusy pine team up for a moderately low level nose, but one with great balance.

Taste - straight up biscuity malts, clean resiny hops. Again, great balance despite some lack of depth/complexity, but I'm not complaining. Finishes dry, resiny, like grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel - pretty crisp stuff, not a bad call for the format. A bit to the thin side, that's cool with me. Set up for refreshment and enjoyment.

Drinkability - all things considered, this beer takes good flavor and unbeatable convenience to make for a top notch session any time, anywhere.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked a six-pack of this up at Vail Liquors in Lionshead Village. I had read about Dave's Pale Ale and it's packaging, and wanted to see if the can obviously affected anything.

This poured up an Orange/Amber with a thin white head. The hop aroma is subdued, and there is a hint a caramel in the background. There is a slight hint of malt at the start, but the hop flavor quickly fills your mouth, finishing bitter on the back of the tongue.

Did the can affect anything? Not having had the real thing on tap, I can't say for sure. But it tastes like other brew pub IPAs, so I guess it doesn't. Too bad I can't get this in Texas.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last of my 6-pack acquired in Wisconsin.

The pint pours a deep orange with nice clarity. Two fingers of dense, sudsy foam, that forms rings & sheets of lace as it diminishes. Surface has a whipped meringue sheen to it that's also nice.

Hops are resiny and fruity, tropical like mango. Pale malt surfaces too as it warms up.

Big pale malt body, slight residual hebal bitterness that triggers the salivary glands. Sort of dry in the finish, enhances drinkability. Light to medium mouthfeel, pleasant and easy to drink.

It took alot of self-control to save a can from the six-pack for a review. Two weeks from purchase no less...now I need more.

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Photo of livingregret
2.3/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Having heard a lot about this beer I decided to give it a try...

Serving Type: 12 oz can

Appearance: Pours a orange colour w/ a slight white head. Leaves a pleasant ring w/ a little lacing

Smell: Malty, fruity. A touch of floral...pine perhaps.

Taste: Dry and hoppy upfront. A very slight touch of pineapple but the aftertaste is strongly metallic and pine like. VERY metallic....not what I was expecting at all.

Mouthfeel: I imagined something thicker...but this is very thin and watery

Drinkability: The taste is to metallic and it is way to overpowering. You can't tell when the can ends and the beer begins. Not at all enjoyable

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, my first canned craft beer and it does not disappoint. This beer pours a light amber with a perfect pale ale head that will lace the glass. Aroma is heavy on caramel, giving it a distinctive English pale ale smell. Taste backs that up with a caramelly and bready malt taste that is almost sweet. There is a slight citrusy hop backbone there as well, but it is engulfed by the malts.

I was expecting this beer to be more hoppy, but this is a great beer where the English malts shine through. It could have been a bit more balanced with the American hops, but no real complaints here. A great pale ale.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright clearish orange. Soft starchy topping of off-white lumpy foam adorns the crown with steady staying power and levels off leaving tall hills along the sides as it collars. Patchy, big blotchy lacing sticks all over the place. Nice looking ale!

Dullish pale pine and old orange skins poof up the air quite well along with partially toastyness and grapefruit scraps.

Big taster with tenderly paled and toasted malt making its way across the palate quickly, letting you know you're drinking something with some guts to it. Slender pine sap and soft eager dryness floats about while touching and flinting notes of all kinds of wonderful hop notes of grapefruit pith, lemon and orange peel, and resiny pine oils. Broad and lasting with a remarkablely easy finish within its dryness and bitterness. Holds a very high standard to what a solid Pale Ale ought to be like.

Solid, affectionate body of medium/fullish girth. Loads of malt toasting and pale-izing things up with a crunchy edge of bite and carbonation allowing the finish to sneak by with an ease of slightly parching hoppy bitterness and citric pithy, peel, oilyness. Toasted dryness returns and has a nice complexing tone in the finish mixing with the citrus notes; which lasts impressionably well.

A solid Pale; and in a can even!? Nice...

Big thanks to jaxon53 for the exchange of canned goods!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is very nice of hops, malts, citrus, and caramel. The taste is very nice for an APA, slightly malty, big on the hops, nice citrus touch, and a good dose of caramel, nice bitter/dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice APA.

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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, three-finger head. It left great rings of lace.

S - It smelled of Cascade hops and grasses. Also, a good bit of maltiness.

T - It had a great bittersweet taste with a good deal of malt and tons of hoppy kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding APA. It smelled very good and tasted of amazing hops.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nice amber color, decent head that sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing.

aroma starts with piney and slightly citrusy hops, with caramel malt working its way in.

the taste of the hop profile however seems ever so slightly muddled. or is that "complex"? depends on the palate i suppose, hehe. just seems hard for me to pick out the different elements of the hops, even though they are there, in force, and certainly not offensive. as such, the bitterness is nice and it's quite malty as well. i suppose in the end they balance out.

carbonation seems about right, giving it substance. the smoothness finishes into a sour astringency however, which detracts slightly.

still, impressive for a canned beer, and hope for others to adopt the same. not as aesthetically pleasing, but better for both the beer and the environment.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz can into 10 oz nonick half pint taster.

Pours a beautiful red-amber, crystal clear, with a nice fluffy tan head of fine bubbles leaving good lacing.

Aroma is balanced nicely between rich caramel and malt aromas against strong resinous hops.

Flavor is likewise very balanced, slightly low on bitterness compared to the strength of the malt and hops flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin at the finish, due to low bittering I think.

Drinkability is great. I think this is a classic English style pale ale, not overly hopped with west coast hops, but well-balanced and malty. Quite a beer. Given the bold flavor and high ABV, bittering could be a bit stronger.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single can of this at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy orange/brown, thick off white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention. Smell is very malty, caramel, citrus, floral, flowery sweet hops, maybe a bit old, hops are pretty subdued, smells like a hoppy brown ale. Taste is similar, super malty, caramel, grains, citrus, flowery hops, very assertive bitterness, nice and grassy in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, very thick flavour, easy to drink, don't taste the 6.5% at all. Nicely done!

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Photo of beerogre
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was completely taken by surprise by this beer at the Empire Brew Fest during a recent visit to Syracuse. I'd never even heard of it before and it didn't look like much to get excited about, cos canned beer's crap right?...but a lot of people were soaking it up and since my mission was to sample as many different beers as I could, I thought "what the hell". Imagine my surprise when I found that it was the best beer I'd tried all night - and most of what I'd had previously was top rate. It tastes more like an IPA than a APA to me, but who cares...This is one fantastic beer and sadly I have now depleted my stock of it that I brought back to Florida. Yet another reason to move back North.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This really is more of an IPA than a Pale Ale. Pours a hazy orange amber with a big stiff head and nice lacing. The smell has as much citrus piny hops as many IPAs. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated and primarily influence by the bitterness of the hops. Full flavored, the hoppy grapefruit taste is balanced nicely by sweet malt. A real god drinker. A bit pricey.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can...in fact, two of 'em, poured into a big plastic pint glass. (plastic? - hey, I'm by the pool, so gimme a break)

pours a saliva-inducing peachy copper color, with a thick cream colored head that lasts a while and laces nicely.

I love that I've finally got some beer that I can take in my cooler out to the pool and still have something that tastes great. I may spend a lot more time out there now. Aroma is full of pale and lightly toasted malt and plenty of citrusy hops - I dig it!

look, this isn't the best beer I've had by a longshot, but it is excellent, and perfect for what I was looking for by the pool. Bitterness is up front, but not unpleasantly so. Lemon and grapefruit make big appearances, with the malt well in the background. I strain to decide if I detect a faint metallic taste here, but if it is there it is damn well hidden by this "voluminously hopped mutha." Pretty clean and crisp and leaves just a tantalizing hint of bitterness in the finish. Carbonation and body are medium and I could drink several (more) of this extremely refreshing brew and probably will.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber color with bountiful off-white chunky head. Good retention with great lacing.
Smell is hoppy, combining grassy, piney and citrusy notes very nicely.
Taste is absolutely superb. The malt at the beginning is perfectly sweet and the hops slowly creep up and lead to an extraordinary finish. The taste becomes even better as the beer slowly warms.
The finish is dominated by the dryness, which is nice because it beckons for another taste.
Truly a well-made beer. I'm sorry I only purchased one can.

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Photo of twokansamm
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer over 2 years ago on our "Beegrimage" to 10 Colorado breweries in 2 days. Oskar Blues was on our list. So when a friend offered to bring me a box of 12 cans back from Colorado, I was overjoyed.

A nice retentive head, exceptional caramel malt flavor, and superbly balanced hop bittering... does it get any better for APA lovers? It's strange to open a craft beer from a can, but the hop aroma that sifts out is amazing. The 12 oz can was just like I remember the draft when visiting the brew pub.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to HopDawg who gave me a can at the Lowcountry Libations Homebrewing club meeting.

I have wanted to try this beer for a long time. Firstly, because the nazis at my condo pool will not let bottles anywhere near the pool and the novelty of a canned micro beer. Like many beer fans I went through a phase where I would look down my nose at a canned beer.

Poured from a 12 ounce can with a cryptic code (7 02 16 A 2_B A) into a pint glass.

A. Poured a beautiful orange amber with a healthy but quickly settling head.

S. Hops are strong, citrus and pine.

T. Again strong hops with a lingering maltiness.

M. Nice dry finish with a lingering of hop oil.

D. This is a great session beer! Even without regard to the can novelty, this is a great APA! This would be graded as high in a bottle even. I will be returning to this beer as soon as I can get some more.

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Photo of ams4k
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily the best canned beer in America, and a contender for the best American IPA, especially in terms of the elusive drinkability-hop flavor combination. Similar to Dogfish 60 Minute but even crisper and more fun in the can. This is a true desert-island brew: the one you'd want, and a good way to introduce novice beer folks to the better stuff out there. Somehow they are less intimidated by a can than big bottles with champagne corks. It's a great summer thirst-quencher and also kicks ass with anything grilled or barbecued. I just made myself thirsty.

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Photo of bosco7
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with perfect clarity and massive head.

Tons of malt and bread aromas with some floral hops and dish soap in the back.

Caramel, toffee, grain and bread flavors are pronounced. Some orange marmalade and spicy hop flavors in the finish. Nothing exciting.

Heavy mouthfeel- creamy, silky, and full bodied. Nice beer and very drinkable, that being said I prefer APAs to have a bit more hop flavor, less alcohol and a lighter body.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first off, this is the best beer i've had out of a can. i had the pleasure of drinking this on the lake while i listened to some fat fuck extolling the virtues of "the silver bullet" vs. miller lite. ugh. anyways, more on the side of malt sweetness than surly furious. this beer has some qualities that are reminiscent of the great alpha king as far as aroma and flavor. this was a rich copper in color with just a tinge of haze and an off-white head. aromas of caramel malts and citrus are prevalent in the nose. nice malt sweetness and a resiny, lingering hop bitterness make for a very well-balanced and bold apa. creamy carbonation and a light to medium mouthfeel. this is a great beer for summer activities due to it being in a can, and damn tasty as well.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber with a thick, frothy and very well-sustained orange white head. Pleasant hop aroma. Really more of an American IPA, the hop character here is very nice; though it’s certainly quite spicy, a delicious orangey citrus quality shines through the most. The caramel malt, while less rich, is tasty and does balance fairly well.

I enjoyed this balanced, drinkable beer. I love the fact that it comes in a can too. Like it or not, these economic, environmentally-friendly containers are probably the future of craft beer packaging. And, so long as they put beers this good in them, I for one don’t mind.


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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly dinged up 12oz can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39.

Poured a copper color with a big, creamy white head that hung around for a while and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

When first poured, the nose was dominated by a bready maltiness. Once it began to warm up, a piney hoppiness became prominent as well.

The taste is much like the nose. A bready maltiness is partnered up with a tasty but not overdone pine/resin hop flavor. A very slight dryness is noted at the swallow. The hops are not as prominent as in many west coast pale ales I've had, but they are still an equal partner to the malts.

The mouthfeel was fairly typical for the style. No surprises here.

A very tasty pale ale that is extremely drinkable. The abv's a little high to make it a session beer, but it's definitely hitting the spot and will be purchased again.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the beers I tend to turn to in the summer mainly because it's the only thing that tastes good that I can find in a can.

A: Nice copper red color with a big lasting head. The tiniest of bubbles continually flow to the top sustaining the head. LOTS of lacing is left behind as you drink this one. It really is a pretty brew if you take the time to pour it into a glass.

S: It has a nice earthy hop aroma, not at all citrus. I note grass and sweet pine sap.

T: Good tasting pale ale that almost leans to the IPA side if you ask me. There is a nice balance between mild malt and piney hops. Has just enough kick and finishes both bitter and sweet. Pretty complex for something that comes in a can.

M: Light and smooth.

D: Flows down my gullet like water. A very drinkable beer.

Overall: This is a nice beer to turn to on them hot summer days. The can lets you take it anywhere you want to go. Also because of the aluminum its get extra cold in the cooler. Pop this one open at the beach on the hottest most humid of Florida days and you are in heaven. Oskar Blues make some good tasting drinkable brews. Have had the entire lineup, now I need to get around to drinking them again so that I can review them.

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Photo of nortmand
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear amber with a nice dollop of not quite tan head.

Rich ambergris- citrus notes mingle with caramel aromas in the nose.

Clean hop flavors up front blend to sweet caramel midtongue.

Medium body, nice carbonation, this is a nearly perfect APA.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,849 ratings.